Butler served with five-year ban for doping

TRAINER Gerard Butler has been handed a five-year ban by the British Horseracing Authority after pleading guilty to seven doping charges.

A disciplinary panel accused the Irishman of an “appalling breach of his duty” after nine horses in his care produced positive samples for the banned steroid stanozolol.

Butler was found to have given four of the horses Rexogin, a substance manufactured for use by bodybuilders, which is 10 times more concentrated with stanozolol than the Sungate drug administered to the joints of the other five horses.

The 47-year-old was found to have paid for the drugs himself and injected them using a method only qualified veterinarians are able to perform, and admitted to failing to keep a record of having done so.

Butler, whose ban begins today, has 48 hours to relocate his horses from Egerton House Stables in Newmarket. He is set to release a statement today.